Fans of Toronto’s gamer-geek-with-a-violin Final Fantasy (a.k.a. Owen Pallett) can expect a new, third LP, Heartland, via Domino in January of next year. Started in November of last year, Heartland saw Pallett collaborating with Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara at Reykjavik, Iceland’s Greenhouse studio. They recorded the album’s orchestrations in Prague a few months later with the Czech Symphony, and The Present’s Rusty Santo (a frequent Animal Collective production collaborator) mixed the record with Pallett.

“The album was compositionally modeled upon the principles of electronic music,” says Pallett in a press release. “The principles of analog synthesis informing symphonic writing, like an inversion of a Tomita record. These songs, too, were designed to be as dense with polyphony as the Final Fantasy live shows can become. While writing it, I kept an image in my head of putting so many notes on the page that the paper turned black.” Check out the tracklist below, and be wowed by his simple but stunning live show at one of the following dates with The Mountain Goats.

Heartland tracklist:
1. Midnight Directives
2. Keep The Dog Quiet
3. Mount Alpentine
4. Red Sun No. 5
5. Lewis Takes Action
6. The Great Elsewhere
7. Oh Heartland, Up Yours!
8. Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
9. Flare Gun
10. E Is For Estranged
11. Tryst With Mephistopheles
12. What Do You Think Will Happen Now?

On tour with The Mountain Goats:
11/04 Grand Rapids, MI – Ladies Literary Club – Calvin College
11/05 Chicago, IL – The Metro
11/06 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
11/07 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
11/10 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
11/11 Portland, OR – The Wonder Ballroom
11/14 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
11/15 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
11/18 Austin, TX – Antone’s
11/19 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
11/20 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
11/21 Atlanta, GA – The Variety Playhouse
11/23 Orlando, FL – The Social
11/24 St. Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven
11/27 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/28 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Art
11/29 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theater
12/01 New York, NY – Webster Hall
12/02 Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House